‘How political parties die’ - Labour’s existential crisis

David Cunliffe’s new chief of staff, Matt McCarten, started work this week – but what will he be working on, exactly?

There is a growing case for a dynamiting of the current political alignment on the Left and the emergence of a new alliance.

If this is to happen – and the growing problems faced by Labour could exacerbate it – Mr McCarten will be at the heart of such a political re-alignment.

The union organiser and former Alliance Party president this week stepped straight into yet another row which highlight’s Mr Cunliffe’s flaws.


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